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Research Project Manager 2 or 3

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania
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Job Number: REQ_0000014672


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The Penn State Department of Kinesiology is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to join our highly productive team in the role of Research Project Manager. Kinesiology is a large and diverse department, with an extensive research portfolio, as well as numerous collaborations and partnerships on and off-campus.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. In HHD, enriching the lives of others is our mission. We believe in the power of human capacity for growth and live that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. We invite you to come grow with us.

This position will report to the Kinesiology Department Head and will perform most work activities in a large volume, fast paced, complex, detailed, and multifaceted environment. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning, management and tracking of research and grant budgets and resources of multiple faculty to assure efforts are in compliance with university and unit policies/guidelines
  • Develop individual project and/or department-wide research related standard operating procedures (quality control, safety, etc.), and workflow for multiple laboratories (including but not limited to simulation and teaching laboratories, and laboratories where human cadavers, animals, and cadaveric specimens are housed)
  • Evaluation, identification, acquisition, and implementation of new technologies, equipment, resources, and assets for research for individual faculty and for shared laboratory spaces
  • Manage processes related to facilities operations as they pertain to laboratory spaces
  • Negotiation and collaboration with internal and external constituents to maintain critical relationships, exchange information, solve problems, resolve conflicts, develop workflow processes, allocate departmental resources across projects, and ensure efficient and effective implementations of research and administrative initiatives
  • Contribute to departmental strategic planning related to research infrastructure and administration
  • Develop and implement analytical reports, and track/document departmental research metrics
  • Manage several departmental research staff including hiring, training, supervising, evaluating, and facilitating professional development

This position will be filled as a level 2 or 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience for level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Requires creativity, flexibility and self-management skills, including the ability to prioritize among a large number of diverse responsibilities. Capability to work both independently and as a team member with other staff and with faculty and administrators within and outside the department, ability to multitask and respond professionally in challenging situations is essential.Knowledge of federal government regulations, safety and compliance (e.g. EHS, IRB, IACUC), and facilities, operations, and asset management are highly preferred. While not required, graduation of the Penn State ACES program; familiarity with advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Creative Cloud functions, the Strategic Information Management System (SIMS); both reporting and budgets; familiarity with University accounting procedures and systems (SIMBA); and a strong background in supervisory/personnel management (Workday), administrative and facilities/operations procedures is ideal.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Any questions about this position can be addressed to Nancy Williams, Department Head, at

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